Wonderful people, wish I could've stayed
Apprentice Laboratory Technician (Former Employee) – Bristol – 23 April 2018
Completed a 2 year laboratory technician apprenticeship here within the Schools of Geography and Earth Sciences.
My line manager and colleagues were lovely! Wonderful bunch of people with a great sense of humour, and they really look after you. The academics sometimes gave us practicals to set up with very little notice, but never came across anyone unpleasant in any way, shape, or form. Our manager also let us work fairly flexibly on most days (I did 8 till 4 and a colleague did 10 till 6).
While it started off a tad monotonous cataloguing all the rock specimens and thin sections, they soon had me fixing microscopes and water meters, setting up / clearing away practicals, designing help sheets, and devising their work experience programme! They even sent me to Biology, Physics, and Computer Science to get more experience!
There's also lots of choice in terms of local grub.
I couldn't recommend working for these guys enough. Only reason I didn't give 5 stars was because:
A) The work-life balance wasn't great because of the 3 hour total commute to and from Weston.
B) They didn't have the funding to keep me on (my line manager tried pretty hard to get me a job though!)
Fab people, interesting job, good food around, bit of flexibility in terms of hours
Can get a bit boring out of term time, commuting if you live further away